An authentic balsamic vinegar, labeled tradizionale, is made from cooked grape must which is allowed to ferment and age in wooden casks for more than a decade.
Bread Will Never Taste Better
Balsamic vinegar adds a depth of sweet and zippy flavor to an oil and herb dipping sauce.
Make it: Combine 1 cup olive oil with 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar. Mix in Italian seasonings (basil, oregano, thyme, garlic, etc.) and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Then, rip off a chunk of crusty artisan bread and get dipping. Delizioso!
It Makes a Sweet Glaze
For crostini, fruit, cheese, even ice cream, a syrupy sweet and tangy balsamic glaze makes everything nicer.
Make it: Mix 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for about 20 minutes to reduce the volume. When the vinegar has reduced by half, it's ready to glaze. Try it over prosciutto and figs on toast. Try it on fish, chicken, or steak. Try it on potatoes, rice, and well... everything.
Balsamic Soaked Berries
For salads, cheese plates, and shortcakes, when you soak berries in balsamic vinegar and sugar, you do everyone a favor. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar over 3 cups of strawberries. Toss with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and let the berries soak for about 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
When You Have the Good Stuff
Authentic balsamic vinegars are jam-packed with intense layers of flavor, and they pour like nectar. Try drizzling it over apple slices, berries, cheeses, meats, potatoes, salads, and pastas.
You Can Even Put It in Cookies
Balsamic vinegar elevates the flavor in just about everything it touches. Even cookies.
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